|KOKEI, Tsuruya (born 1946)||
The actor, Ichikawa Danjuro XII performing 'Nirami',
during 'Kojo' announcement
From: Kabuki-za okubi-e series no. 5: 'Six selection of aragoto'
Artist' seal: Kokei-no in
Date: October 1985
Size: dai-oban (c. 39 x 26.5 cms / c. 15.3" x 10.5")
Hand-numbered: #26. Limited edition of 54 impressions only.
EXCELLENT impression and color. MINT.
Printed on the extremely delicate ganpi paper.
Pls. note: the color bleed along the actor's right outline is found in all known
impressions of this particular design, - see col. ill. in the catalog referred to below.
ref. no.: #702580
- SOLD -
Tsuru-ya Kokei is the official artist of the Kabuki-za ('-Theater') in Tokyo and only started his career as a woodblock print artist in 1978. Unlike earlier ukiyo-e artists, Kokei does his own carving and printing. He uses the extremely delicate ganpi paper for his work. After a limited number of prints has been made, Kokei destroys the blocks by carving his name across them (see picture at right):
Most of his prints are bust portraits reminiscent of the type developed by Sharaku in the late 18th century.
On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Kabuki-za in 1988, the Pacific Asia Musuem, Pasadena, Ca., honored Kokei with a major exhibition of his work:
The 100th Anniversary of the Kabuki-za Theater - TSURUYA KOKEI: Kabuki Actor Prints; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA., USA, 1988;
cat. no.#33, col.ill. p.49, list no.#79, p.96.